Jacob Sullum on Obama's Emotional Case for Gun Control


White House

As members of Congress consider President Obama's gun control proposals, he explained on Monday, they have to make a simple choice: "What's more important to you—our children, or an A grade from the gun lobby?" Senior Editor Jacob Sullum says this crass attempt at moral intimidation, contrasting Obama's benevolent motives with his opponents' child-endangering partisanship, is the essence of his case for new gun restrictions, which relies on emotional manipulation rather than logical argument.